One of the other Cruise Critic members had organized a relatively small group out to one of the natural rainforests and waterfalls for our second day in Fiji. I figured that anything getting me safely out of town with a chance to take pictures might not be a bad thing to do.

(as an aside, I think I might have done better with the ship’s tour. Not because I didn’t have fun and some peace and quiet with the group I joined but because they came in from the river side at the bottom of the falls. We started from the top and simply didn’t have enough time to get all the way to the bottom and back up.)

It was about 40 minutes out to the National Park where we bailed off the bus. My buddy Brad (we were stationed together in Heidelberg circa 1993…) became my trail buddy/hiking victim.

no longer looking like Active Duty

no longer looking like Active Duty

Cheré had enough sense to back out of the trip when she heard the term “hundreds of stairs.”

There were trees, there was quiet. There was even a fairly well defined and maintained trail which we followed.

Other than one small group, we really didn’t see anyone else till after we hit our turn around point and had started back up. A slight issue with wet soil and heavy passengers on the bus was resolved –

Taking a different route back, we passed a number of Maritime institutions and training locations, some fabulous homes and some not so much. What should surprise you was everyone’s interest in this lovely park –

the real attraction? It is a free WiFi spot

for which they were willing to brave the rain

for which they were willing to brave the rain

We were selfie-stick free which was all to the good.

with music and dance as we prepared to cast off

with music and dance as we prepared to cast off

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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One Response to Waterfalls

  1. Ann lievers says:

    You forgot to mention photographer in your talent list. I enjoy your pictures and your travelogues. Keep moving .

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